It was the third day of an extended storm chase into the Great Plains and I have several good storms to show for it including an awesome twin tornado shot near Cherokee, Oklahoma during the last 20 minutes of the chase on Saturday.
This tornado outbreak was intense for the Ozarks. In terms of the number of well-defined supercell thunderstorms, tornado count and tornado intensity, it was actually worse than the imfamous May 4, 2003 outbreak.
While this technology has limited use for tornado warning lead times, it certainly can be used to affirm that a tornado is occurring! This would lend more credence to a tornado warning and help forecasters decide how to proceed as the storm moves.
It was a wild and crazy week for tornadoes. As the Ozarks are taking a final count of the Leap Day twisters, many states out east of us are dealing with the aftermath of an even larger outbreak on Friday.